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Cool Climate Riesling

by Mixed

What is a cool climate? Well, basically it’s one that allows the acidity to be protected thus ensuring a crisp and lithe style of wine where the fruit aromas and flavours have also been protected and therefore make the wine very refreshing. Riesling is a grape variety ideally suited to such a climate – think of Germany where the grape used to be so very widely planted – and the finest examples in today’s wine world come from such regions. Here are 6 of our favourites which make for not only wonderful food wines but also are brilliant just to sit and sip as an aperitif.

The six bottle case contains 1 bottle and the 12 bottle case contains 2 bottles each of:

Domaine Sipp Mack Riesling Tradition

Sipp Mack Riesling Tradition has great backbone thanks to the mineral soils of Hunawihr. These impart a slightly stony finish which is a great partner to the bright, green apple fruit. With time this will develop the toasty and petrol notes so typical of the grape variety, but for now it is fresh as a daisy.

J and H Selbach Riesling Feinherb

J & H Selbach Weinkellerei Riesling Feinherb has a cool nose with aromas of wild herbs and a little fresh and candied citrus fruit in the background. Clean as a whistle, the animated palate offers more candied citrus fruit with a slightly bitter/pithy edge to the delicate fruit sweetness. Exciting and vibrant, this Riesling Feinherb really grabs your attention with its slender body and solid, mineral core. The very long finish supplies more softly honeyed white fruit and pithy citrus, with a continuing thread of saline and slatey minerality.

Anna Maria Abbona - Riesling l'Alman 

This Rhine Riesling (l'Alman in the local dialect) is a stylish offering and is packed with all the glorious Riesling fruit that brings the palate to life. A wine that was made from youngish vines - around 15 years - grown in the clay and calcareous marl of the Alta Langhe. This gives a mineral edge to the wine and the altitude of the vineyards - around 500 meters - ensures the acidity remains fresh and crisp. The end result is a wine that has bright aromas of green apples with some notes of petrol developing even at this young age. It's wonderfully refreshing and will partner well with a wide variety of dishes especially freshwater fish such as trout or salmon.

Paul Cluver - Riesling

This latest blend of Riesling from Paul Cluver is off dry (just short of 20 grams residual sugar) that helps carry those delicious fruit flavours to the palate with apples and citrus dominant. It's really clean and fresh with some wonderful zesty notes underpinned by minerality. The residual sugar also help intensify the aftertaste. Try it with a lobster or maybe a crab. It is sure to amaze you!

Pikes Hills and Vallies Riesling

Pikes Hills and Valleys Riesling is a brilliant pale green, with a typically fresh and bright nose displaying layers of lemon/lime zest, tropical fruit and subtle nuances of mineral and wet slate aromas. The palate is fresh, crisp and dry, it is loaded with all of the lemon, lime and slate notes mentioned above. These are all tightly woven around a core of bright acidity, providing length and drive to the soft, dry finish.

Bladen Winery - Riesling

This exceptional Riesling from Bladen Wines in Marlborough has a delightful straw yellow colour with green tinges and a bright clarity. The nose is expressive as you would expect with aromas of lemon, lime and Granny Smith apples, hints of ginger and nutmeg too. The palate has medium body with layers of the various citrus fruits found on the nose with zesty, spicy overtones. Although this is delicious to drink now, the patient among you will be rewarded with a more complex and fuller wine after a few years cellaring. Best served chilled either as an aperitif or with seafood dishes and summer salads.